Center on Race and Social Problems

Speaker Series

During the academic year, the center hosts a monthly series of lunchtime lectures. These talks provide an opportunity for faculty, students, and community members to engage in race-related discussions of mutual interest.

We are very happy to have the support of two major Pittsburgh law firms, Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney PC and Reed Smith LLP. Where many other similar institutions might have shied away from the highly-charged topics with which we engage, these firms have sponsored the speaker series over seven academic years since September 2004. We thank these firms for recognizing the importance of race in our society, the necessity of developing real-world solutions to our country's defining social problem and the value of sharing knowledge and engaging in dialogue on the issues before us.

All lectures are from noon to 1:30 pm in the School of Social Work Conference Center, 2017 Cathedral of Learning. Lunch is provided; registration is not required. 

Reed Smith LLP, Spring 2017 Speaker Series

January 23, 2017

Jasmine B. Gonzales Rose, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law. "Objection! How Evidence Law Perpetuates Racism in the Courtroom."

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February 1, 2017

Paul Croll, Associate Professor of Law, Associate Professor Sociology, Anthropology,& Social Welfare, Augustana College. "White Privilege: Not so Invisible Anymore?"

March 13, 2017

Jason Q. Purnell, Assistant Professor, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis. "For the Sake of All: Translating Evidence into Action for Community Health"

April 26, 2017

Michael Omi, Associate Professor, Asian American and Asian American Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley. "Who Are You?:  Racial Classification and the Instability of Race."

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